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House OKs bill to plug deficit

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HARRISBURG — Up against an unprecedented cash crunch, Republicans who control Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives late Wednesday night approved a borrowing package with no new taxes to help plug the state government’s $2.2 billion budget gap. In addition to a $1 billion loan, the ...

Officials: Reade supervisor tries to disband RTMA

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A Reade Township supervisor reportedly requested that a board governing a local water authority be disbanded, allowing supervisors to oversee its operations, local officials claim. At a Monday-evening meeting, Supervisor Tom Hollis made a motion to do away with the Reade Township Municipal ...

Briefcase

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JOHNSTOWN Conemaugh certified Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission. The certification program recognizes Joint Commission-accredited hospitals committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for ...

Charges held over in homicide case

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A Bedford County judge held over charges Wednesday for three suspects in the August homicide of Gary Wayne Shriver, the 50-year-old Maryland man stabbed to death near the state line. In hearings Wednesday at Bedford County Central Court, homicide and conspiracy charges against Heather Renee ...

Appeals court sides with auto body shops

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A federal appeals court in Atlanta has reversed a decision by a Florida district judge and will allow auto body shops nationwide to move forward with antitrust lawsuits against State Farm and many other vehicle insurance companies. “It’s allowing the suits to move forward. I think it’s ...

City Council rezones two parcels

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Despite protests from a neighbor, City Council on Wednesday rezoned two parcels near Beckman Drive from suburban to multi-family residential at the request of Custom Homes & Development. Custom principal Drew Swope said he plans to build two or three one-story duplexes for older people ...

HealthSouth to present 24th Rehab Awards

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Five area residents will be honored Friday when HealthSouth Rehabili­tation Hospital of Altoona presents its 24th annual Rehab Awards. CEO Scott Filler will present certificates of recognition to the winners. Ronald Clawson, Kim Emes and Jessica Stellabotte, all of Altoona, and Shelly ...

Tyrone man accused of stealing revolver

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TYRONE — A Tyrone man faces charges over a stolen gun. Jason A. Morrissey, 37, of Tyrone, is accused of stealing a .22-caliber revolver from a neighbor, according to charges filed by state police at Hollidaysburg. The gun was confiscated by Altoona police during a drug arrest in early ...

Births

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Aug. 30, 2017 Ariel Rose Feathers, a daughter born to Bethany M. Feathers and Michael J. Kozak, Patton, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 4:15 p.m. Aug. 31, 2017 Preston Aaron Fletcher, a son born to Lydia E. (Weatherly) and Ryan A. Fletcher, Bellwood, at Conemaugh ...

Man arrested after standoff

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TYRONE — A Tyrone man is behind bars after police say he stole a gun and cash and then forced a standoff with police. Branden S. Williams, 32, of 2235 Morrissey Lane, Tyrone, allegedly took a .22-caliber handgun and a purse from a parked car in Tyrone on Monday night. He sparked a ...

Event to mark end of Act 47 for city

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The timing is ironic. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Economy League released a report titled “Communities in Crisis: the truth and consequences of municipal fiscal distress in Pennsylvania,” which speaks of “fiscal decay” (especially in cities), the state’s “broken local government ...

Assault suspect found guilty

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury took less than 90 minutes Tuesday to find an Altoona man guilty of nine criminal charges linked to a pistol-whipping assault in December. The jury rejected a claim of mistaken identity offered on behalf of 29-year-old Maurice P. Everage, who will be ...

Judge dismisses case against Amtrak engineer

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PHILADELPHIA — An unusual, 11th-hour attempt to put an Amtrak engineer behind bars for a deadly 2015 derailment in Phila­delphia unraveled Tuesday as a judge dismissed the case without trial because he found the evidence pointed to an accident, not negligence. Judge Thomas Gehret’s ...

City man accused of fleeing in van from police officers

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An Altoona man is in jail after he allegedly fled police along Plank Road, accelerating away in a van while officers tried to pull him from the driver’s seat. Gerald R. Replogle, 74, of Altoona faces charges including felony aggravated assault for a Monday night incident that began in the ...

Hollidaysburg residents seek sewer answers

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — In an attempt to make operations more transparent, Hollidaysburg Sewer Authority members agreed to post answers to questions asked at meetings on the borough’s website. Still, borough residents criticized authority members at a Monday meeting, where their questions and ...

Architect to prepare plan for courthouse clocktower hazards

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners have directed architect David Albright to prepare a plan addressing four hazards recently identified in the highest portion of the courthouse clocktower. Commissioners Terry Tomassetti and Ted Beam Jr., in the absence of commissioners Chairman ...

City officer candidates will still require prior training

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In January, Altoona Police Chief Janice Freehling told City Council at a planning meeting that she hoped to eliminate the requirement that officer candidates be already certified for patrol. Set by council several years ago to save the city the cost of training recruits, that ...

Area

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EAST FREEDOM Dedication planned for slain trooper A dedication is planned for a memorial to a 23-year-old Pennsylvania state trooper who was killed in the line of duty last year. WJAC-TV reports a dedication for the Trooper Landon Weaver Memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in Freedom ...

Area briefs

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CRESSON Woman, 77, dies in two-vehicle crash A 77-year-old woman died Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash near Mount Aloysius College on Admiral Peary Highway. Beatriz P. Mervine of Cresson was pronounced dead at the scene, WJAC-TV said. Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said Mervine ...

Crews to tear down old bridge

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FRANKSTOWN — A long-running project to shift Route 22, add a traffic light and replace a bridge in Frankstown Township has come to an end, with work finished and roads set to reopen today, PennDOT officials said. Frankstown Road is now set to continue directly onto Reservoir Road and a new ...